We provide off-the-peg and bespoke training (online and in person) in Participatory Action Research for public and voluntary sector organisations, academics and students.

Participatory Action Research is a user friendly way of carrying out community research and consultation. Instead of using questionnaires and clipboards, which can be off-putting, PAR uses accessible visual tools and engaging ways to get people involved in discussions, and to encourage everyone to take part.

PAR is underlined by an ethos of involvement that values local people as experts in their own lives. It works best when members of a community or users of a service are trained in PAR methods, supported in designing their research, undertaking fieldwork, analysing data, and reporting their findings.

What you will learn

  1. Understand the history, theory and ethos underlying PAR
  2. Practice facilitation, observation and active-listening skills
  3. Learn how to use a set of visual tools that will help you identify issues, analyse problems, and identify solutions collaboratively
  4. Learn from real-examples of how the findings from PAR can be used to enact change.

About the trainers

Roger Newton from 3Ps is a community participant consultant, specialising in participatory research techniques since 2005. He has carried out accredited PAR training for a range of organisations including Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), York University and Big Local. He also delivers introductory and advanced PA training courses at Northumbria and Huddersfield Universities, and lectures in Community Based Participatory Research at Leeds Beckett.

Dr Rowena Hay from Shortwork is a social researcher specialising in qualitative and participatory research methods. She has used, and trained others to use, PAR techniques over the last 10 years for a range of organisations including Sheffield City Council, Heritage Lottery, Tower Hamlets council, UCL Partners and the NHS.